In April, Aeta tribesmen who refused to move out reportedly said "they were afraid to leave their 'precious belongings&'" (Alcayde, 1991) or reasoned that they could not leave because their camote crops were due for harvesting. There are at least two options for rectifying this source of potential misunderstanding. No entry in the 6-km radius PDZ. The survey covered only the survivors and is biased in favor of those who took precautions. SO2 emission level may show sustained increase or abrupt decrease. Hazardous eruption is possible within days. Ground deformation measurements above baseline levels. Definitive time windows for the occurrence of an eruption, such as "eruption possible within 2 weeks" for Alert Level 3 and "eruption possible within 24 hours" for Alert Level 4, were modified to "within days to weeks" and "within hours to days," respectively. Small earthquakes swarm (20-180) per day occurred beneath Mt. On June 5, a Level 3 alert was issued for two weeks due to the possibility of a major eruption. The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology last night raised Taal Volcano’s alert level to Alert Level 4, warning of a possible hazardous eruption. ... told CNN that the alert level … We hope the experience in evolving a suitable warning system for Pinatubo will yield some valuable lessons for issuing warnings at other active volcanoes. Pinatubo has been selected as one of 38 emotion-packed pictures of all time by an American online publication. In 1991, Mount Pinatubo underwent a Plinian eruption cooling the earth for a decade. Recommendations to avoid the 10-km radius "danger zone" around the volcano remain in effect. GeoNet yesterday raised the volcano alert to level … Low level unrest. The 1991 eruption of Pinatubo produced about 5 cubic kilometers of dacitic magma and may be the second largest volcanic eruption of the century. Extension of Danger zone to 8 km or more in the sector where the crater rim is low will be recommended. The responses to evacuation orders (a step beyond warnings) indicate that all the respondents except five (2 percent) eventually evacuated (table 7). However, there are hazards 1 (explosions, rockfalls and landslides) that may suddenly occur within the four-kilometer radius Permanent Danger Zone (PDZ). The highest level is alert level 5, which incidates that a hazardous eruption is in progress. Probable intrusion of magma at depth, which may or may not lead to magmatic eruption. However, there are hazards. --"maaaring mangyari ang pagputok sa loob ng" would have conveyed the message that the authors meant to convey. Frequent strong ash explosions. Another possible improvement in the alert level scheme would be to reword the "Interpretations" and specifically the phrase "eruption is possible within 2 weeks [or 24 hours]." The council even provided vehicles to bring the evacuees to the evacuation centers. Luzon, Philippines. Seismic activity rises dramatically. On June 15th 1991, the second largest volcanic eruption of the twentieth century took place when Mt Pinatubo erupted at 1:42 pm local time. The only recommendation for evacuation in 1992 was for the danger zone within <10 km of the summit. Missing still are the recommended actions for each of the alert levels and each of the danger zones. Warning messages were formulated at PHIVOLCS' main office and transmitted simultaneously through the DCC hierarchy, major national and local newspapers, radio and television stations, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), and directly to the endangered inhabitants. More in the 6-km radius danger zone, in effect over the volcano before 15th.! Be generated by intense rainfall over the volcano was established and 25,000 people were evacuated to describe various of... 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